Fiann’s tips for the week­end

Irish Examiner - Property & Interiors - - In The Garden -

■ Tra­di­tion­ally this is the week that sees the last of the over­win­tered leeks and hang­over crops be­ing har­vested. New leeks, French beans and Brus­sels sprouts and can now be planted out.

■ Time to think of plant­ing pump­kins, squashes, cour­gettes and out­door cu­cum­bers.

■ Chances of se­vere frost is pretty much gone now so all those ten­ders can be planted out and fleeces light­ened, if not to­tally re­moved.

■ It is also timely to be­gin re­mov­ing the side shoots on toma­toes to achieve good ripen­ing later

■ Black­fly on broad beans can be squashed or sprayed with gar­lic, but pinch­ing out the lead­ers seems to de­ter them.

■ Make like its Christ­mas and hoe hoe hoe those weeds – do it with your best Arnold Sch­warzeneg­ger voice.

Maybe you do only live once

■ May is of­ten may­hem in the gar­den and June brings its own de­lights and chal­lenges, so take a mo­ment to ap­pre­ci­ate it ,with­out toil. A glass of wine or a cup of cof­fee in hand — just sit back and ad­mire your king­dom — it does the soul good.

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